Marcus Coates: How does one make the best decisions when unsure of how to navigate the unknowns? Skylark Song, 2016

March 5, 2017
Marcus Coates
How does one make the best decision when unsure of how to navigate the unknowns? (Skylark song)
2016
HD digital video
Duration 3 min 50 sec
(MC0203)
 

Visitors to the gallery were invited to ask the artist, Marcus Coates questions that preoccupied them and struggled to answer themselves. This film is his answer to one of these questions.
Coates adopts the song strategy of a skylark bird, attempting not to repeat phrases, hesitate and sustain this sound making for as long as possible. In order to do this he uses his full range of vocalisation to create a continuous, self generating series of expressions. The sounds and how they change and evolve are determined from/by themselves rather than by a conscious scheme or rational logic.